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Design & Technology: Textiles AQA A Level at Poynton High School

Course description

Students will have the opportunity to study and work with a variety of fabrics and items of equipment. Topics for study will include: materials and components, processes and manufacture, design in the human context, design in practice, systems and control, industrial and commercial practice, smart materials, environmental and ethical issues.

Course content

Learning Method:
A variety of teaching and learning methods will be used to appeal to all types of preferred learning styles. Theory work and practical manufacture of samples and finished products will be carried out. Students will be encouraged to take responsibility for research, asked to give presentations to the group and to take part in discussions to act as a stimulus for their own designs. Students who have not studied this subject at GCSE must be prepared to spend additional time outside their core teaching hours to develop their practical skills. You will need to be self-motivated in order to meet the coursework deadlines.

Entry requirements

  • 5 GCSEs at grade C or above. You do not need to have studied this subject at GCSE to take this at A level.


Unit 1 Written Examination (2 hours) 50% of AS level, 25% of A2 level
Unit 2 Internally assessed coursework unit 50% of AS level, 25% of A level
Unit 3 Written Examination 92 hours) 25% of A level
Unit 4 Internally assessed coursework unit 25% of A level

Future opportunities

The course prepares students for higher education or careers in related subjects. A number of students have recently gone on to study fashion design, clothing technology, fashion marketing and embroidery at University.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Poynton High School directly.

Last updated date: 21 September 2016

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